Rutgers Nursing College Experts Can Comment on AIDS, World AIDS Day

Rutgers Nursing College Experts Can Comment on AIDS, World AIDS Day

(NEWARK)The United Nations World Health Organization declared Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day, an international day of awareness and education about AIDS. The following experts from The College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, can comment:

RACHEL JONES is an assistant professor. Her research areas include HIV sexual risk behaviors in young, urban women and use of multimedia computer technology to enhance culturally based health promotion. Currently, Jones and her staff have completed filming a series of soap opera type video vignettes for hand-held computers. These vignettes are designed to reduce HIV sexual risk behavior in young women living in urban areas. This research is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. She can discuss:

The use of soap opera type videos and multimedia technology as a health promotion modality in urban communities to reduce HIV risk

Issues confronting young adult urban women who are at the forefront of HIV infection

To contact Jones, call Miguel Tersy at (973) 353-5293, ext. 629

LUCILLE S. ELLER is an associate professor. She is principal investigator for the Rutgers College of Nursing subcontract of the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education Training Center Project funded by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. As part of this work she is providing workshops on topics in HIV/AIDS to nurses across the state of New Jersey. Her research and clinical experience include symptom management in HIV/AIDS and cancer, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and immune response to acute pain. She can discuss:

HIV/AIDS in Asia where infections are increasing faster than anywhere in the world

Nursing efforts in Africa, Norway, Taiwan, Brazil and the U.S. to identify non-pharmacological strategies for people living with HIV/AIDS to manage their symptoms

To contact Eller, call Miguel Tersy at (973) 353-5293, ext. 629.

FELISSA R. LASHLEY is the dean and professor at Rutgers College of Nursing and an expert on genetics, infectious diseases, and HIV/AIDS care. She is a board certified Ph.D. medical geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics and an AIDS certified registered nurse. Lashley is the past president of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB). She is also the interim director of the Nursing Center for Bioterrorism and Infectious Diseases at Rutgers. Lashley is widely published on the subject and is the editor of the book Emerging Infectious Disease: Trends and Issues, which was lauded as an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals and received the 2002 Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing. Her book, co-edited with Jerry D. Durham, The Person With AIDS: Nursing Perspectives is going into its fourth edition. Among her other books are Women, Children and HIV/AIDS and Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice, which is in its third edition. She received the New Jersey Women and AIDS Networks Woman of Excellence award and was recently inducted into the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. She can discuss:

HIV/AIDS epidemiology

HIV/AIDS transmission

HIV/AIDS in the elderly

HIV/AIDS prevention

HIV/AIDS in women and children

HIV/AIDS globally in Africa and Asia

To contact Lashley, call Miguel Tersy at (973) 353-5293, ext. 629.